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What are Supported Lodgings?

Supported Lodgings placements are a stepping stone to independence for young people at risk of homelessness, and those leaving the care system.

Providers offer emotional support and the chance to learn vital practical skills in a safe place.

A Supported Lodgings provider is someone with

  • A spare room in their home, and;
  • The desire to help a vulnerable young person.

Weekly payments are provided to cover the costs of hosting a young person as well as ongoing training and support from Barnardo’s for the duration of the placement.

Our Supported Lodgings services are focused on the needs of the most vulnerable young people. They might be at risk of homelessness as they leave care, for example. Due to their turbulent circumstances they can also be at risk of further issues including sexual exploitation. These young people may have no qualifications or financial stability, and might find the transition to independent living especially difficult.

Each young person is different – but they may need help with:

  • Getting into education, training or work
  • Managing money
  • Finding a home
  • Developing life skills such as cooking, housework, and attending appointments
  • Building confidence.

Providers don’t have the same legal responsibilities as a parent or foster parent. The young person will have their own dedicated Barnardo’s project worker.

Supported Lodgings providers make a huge difference to the lives of these young people, just by welcoming them into their homes.

It’s impossible to say exactly how long it takes for a young person to feel confident enough to live independently, but most placements last between eight weeks and two years.

What are Supported Lodgings?

Supported Lodgings providers should:

  • Be able to relate to young people and enjoy their company
  • Be supportive by nature
  • Have great communication skills
  • Be open-minded and approachable
  • Offer a safe, friendly environment
  • Welcome a young person into their home, involving them in day-to-day tasks
  • Provide an individual room and use of shared facilities along with a house key
  • Offer practical and emotional support
  • Attend training sessions and meetings
  • Work closely with Barnardo’s to provide the best support possible.